DESCRIPTION: Fragments, mostly from Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodels, with yodeling. See notes for examples.
EARLIEST DATE: 1972 (USDunbarS01)
KEYWORDS: love sex rejection travel derivative nonballad lover
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Scott Dunbar, "Blue Yodel" (on USDunbarS01)
NOTES [238 words]: The fragments, as modified, from Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodels include:
Blue Yodel (No. 1) (Victor 21142, 1927): "... sleep in a holler log" and "I'm goin' wherer the water tastes like turpentine."
Blue Yodel No. 3 (Victor 21531, 1928): "Don't tell me no story, don't tell me no lie, Cause the day you quit me, that's the day I'll surely die," "Tell me baby where'd you stay last night" and "She telling me she ain't no hand me down."
Blue Yodel No. 4 (Victor V-40014, 1928) and Blue Yodel No. 5 (Victor 22072, 1929): "You talk about trouble, had it all day long."
Anniversary Blue Yodel (Blue Yodel No. 7) (Victor 22488, 1929): "Why would you, mama, even turn me down."
There are a number of candidate recording sources for one of Dunbar's line -- "Don't pick my peaches don't shake my tree" -- which may have come from Beale Street Sheiks (Stokes and Sane), "Mr. Crump Don't Like It," (Paramount 12552,1927) or Papa Charlie's (McCoy) Boys "Let My Peaches Be" (Bluebird B6408, 1936). Or it may have come from the "country" side of "Sitting On Top of the World"; for example, by Shelton Brothers "Sittin' on Top of the World" (Decca 6079, 1942 recorded 1935) and "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (Decca 5190, 1936). Or, Dunbar may have heard it "on the street."
Finally, one fragment Dunbar repeats often to end a couplet is "coming in alone" which may have come from Mississippi Sheiks, "Yodeling Fiddle Blues" (OKeh 8834, 1930). - BS
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